em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈä-nik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary an embryonic plan

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Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ ˌem-​brē-​ˈä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of embryonic in a Sentence

The tourism industry there is still in an embryonic stage.
Recent Examples on the Web Stem cell research focuses on embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 28 May 2021 Some cardioids that were designed to resemble embryonic hearts were able to regenerate themselves with living cells. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2021 Originally from Switzerland, developmental biologist Dieter Egli of Columbia University relocated to New York City in 2008 to seek support for embryonic stem cell research. Sofia Moutinho, Science | AAAS, 16 Apr. 2021 At the stages of development involved in IVF (usually 5 to 10 days) and embryonic research (never more than 14 days), that’s a philosophical or religious question, not a scientific one. McLaren herself helped create that 14-day rule. Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer are not made using embryonic stem cells. Freep.com, 8 May 2021 Freed from the need to sell its services to individual business units, an embryonic CoE should seek the broadest range of potential automation opportunities. Mark Settle, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Researchers expect the termination to be especially harmful to the study of human embryonic stem cells. Sofia Moutinho, Science | AAAS, 16 Apr. 2021 The idea of vaccine passports is still embryonic but controversial in the U.S. — New York launched the first one last week but Florida banned them on Friday. Meghan Bobrowsky, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of embryonic

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of embryonic was in 1740

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5 Jun 2021

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“Embryonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embryonic. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of embryonic

: of or relating to an embryo
: in an early or undeveloped stage


em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈän-ik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary

Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \ adverb


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